Press Roundup Wednesday 12 August 2009

By Press Office
August 12, 2009

A selection of stories from today's press and other media that relate to Ekklesia's work, produced daily by James Vincent and covering papers such as The Times, Daily Telegraph, Independent and Guardian.

Peace & War

Bosnia is back on the brink of ethnic conflict, warns Hague
Bosnia is on the brink of collapsing back into chaos and violence as its ethnic tensions escalate, the shadow Foreign Secretary William Hague warned yesterday.

Pakistan's nuclear bases targeted by al-Qaeda
Pakistan's nuclear weapon bases have been attacked by al-Qaeda and the Taliban at least three times in the last two years, it has emerged.

Education & Culture

Tories promise to break state monopoly on education
The Conservative Party will break the state’s monopoly over free education using independent providers if it gets into power, the Shadow Chancellor said today.

Private schools threaten legal action to keep charity millions
The head of the organisation that represents the country's top independent schools today issued a threat to the government's charities watchdog that it may consider legal action against moves to force private schools to open up their facilities to pupils from low-income homes.

Community & Family

Recession starts to threaten home life
Britain faces a surge in drug addiction, alcoholism and domestic violence as the second wave of the recession and rising unemployment take a grip, the leading public sector watchdog warns today.

Number of schoolchildren living in poverty rises
The number of children living in poverty has surged in the recession, with those qualifying for free school meals increasing by 21,000 last year, new figures reveal.

Crime & Justice

Ex-German commander, 90, guilty of ordering Second World War massacre
A 90-year-old former German infantry commander has been sentenced to life imprisonment for the massacre of Italian civilians in a Tuscan village — one of the last convictions over a Second World War atrocity.

MoD facing legal action over pair held without charge in Afghan jail
The Ministry of Defence faces legal action over its refusal to identify two men handed over by British troops in Iraq to American forces who subsequently transferred them to the infamous "dark prison" at Bagram in Afghanistan.

Ecology & Environment

Unique species of Galápagos Islands threatened by mosquitoes
Unique species on the Galápagos Islands are under threat from mosquitoes introduced by tourist planes and boats, according to research published today.

Life & Death

Head of Chechen children's charity found shot dead with husband
She dedicated her life to easing the suffering of children scarred by Chechnya’s brutal wars. But good deeds were not enough to save Zarema Sadulayeva from the hitman’s bullet.

Race & Identity

Comment: Israel's anti-immigration immigrants
Three out of four Israeli citizens of Russian extraction support the transfer of Arabs out of Israel – and sadly they are not alone.

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